New York City firefighters helped build the beach community of Breezy Point a hundred years ago, but on Monday night they had to stand back and watch it burn, prevented from helping by the torrent of water that had flooded the neighborhoodís streets. Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy made roads impassable and covered fire hydrants while gusts whipped burning embers from house to house. With the volunteer fire department's own station flooded, radios down, and phones dead, they could do little but evacuate people by boat and try to keep the fire from spreading. They saved the house of Sheila Scandole, whose husband was one of the 30 Breezy Point residents who died in the Sept. 11 attacks, but more than 100 other homes burned to their foundations by the time the tide receded.
In case you've been without power: the hurricane didn't stop late-night comedians this week, who made sure the show went on—with or without an audience. Watch the highlights.
How the runners could be repositioned as rapid-response volunteers.
On Staten Island, Paula Szuchman talks to the families of the dead—and to the survivors begging for help.
A brilliant explosion, and then darkness: the morning after the Frankenstorm, Matthew DeLuca reports on the scene in lower Manhattan.